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The Kraus Project

(2013)
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A great American writer's confrontation with a great European critic - a personal and intellectual awakening

A hundred years ago, the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus was among the most penetrating and farsighted writers in Europe. In his self-published magazine, DieFackel, Kraus brilliantly attacked the popular media's manipulation of reality, the dehumanizing machinery of technology and consumer capitalism, and the jingoistic rhetoric of a fading empire. But even though he had a fervent following, which included Franz Kafka and Walter Benjamin, he remained something of a lonely prophet, and few people today are familiar with his work. Luckily, Jonathan Franzen is one of them.

In The Kraus Project, Franzen, whose "calm, passionate critical authority" has been praised in TheNew York Times Book Review, not only presents his definitive new translations of Kraus but annotates them spectacularly, with supplementary notes from the Kraus scholar Paul Reitter and the Austrian author Daniel Kehlmann. Kraus was a notoriously cantankerous and difficult writer, and in Franzen he has found his match: a novelist unafraid to voice unpopular opinions strongly, a critic capable of untangling Kraus's often dense arguments to reveal their relevance to contemporary America.

While Kraus is lampooning the iconic German poet and essayist Heinrich Heine and celebrating his own literary hero, the Austrian playwright Johann Nestroy, Franzen is annotating Kraus the way Kraus annotated others, surveying today's cultural and technological landscape with fearsome clarity, and giving us a deeply personal recollection of his first year out of college, when he fell in love with Kraus's work. Painstakingly wrought, strikingly original in form, The Kraus Project is a feast of thought, passion, and literature.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2013 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Kraus Project
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 0-00-751743-2 / 978-0-00-751743-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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October 2013 : Canada Hardback
thumbTitle: The Kraus Project
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 1-4434-2362-9 / 978-1-4434-2362-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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October 2013 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen, Karl Kraus
ISBN: 0-374-18221-3 / 978-0-374-18221-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

February 2015 : Canada Paperback
thumbTitle: The Kraus Project
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 1-4434-2363-7 / 978-1-4434-2363-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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August 2014 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Kraus Project
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 0-00-751744-0 / 978-0-00-751744-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Kraus Project
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
ISBN: 0-00-751824-2 / 978-0-00-751824-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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Kindle Editions

October 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Kraus Project
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon CA   

October 2013 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Kraus Project
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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October 2013 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen, Karl Kraus
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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